‘I got tired’: Recent struggles aside, Mikaela Shiffrin says she’s rested for the Olympics

Mikaela Shiffrin at her pre-competition news conference Saturday at the Main Press Centre in PyeongChang, South Korea. (Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

As 2017 turned into 2018, Mikaela Shiffrin bounced around Europe, giving her passport a workout and at each stop picking up more hardware for the trophy case back home. In a 2 ½-week stretch, she skied — and won — in France, Austria, Norway, Croatia and Slovenia.

“We had a ton of races all back-to-back. I was rested and had great training, great preparation going into that,” she explained. “So I was able to carry my momentum into that whole stretch.”

At all those stops, she raced beautifully, reaching the podium 11 straight times, which included nine first-place finishes and at one point an unheard-of five victories in a row.

“Then after that,” she said, “I got tired.”

As the Olympics crept closer, Shiffrin’s results began to suffer. Since that string of podium appearance, she’s had five races, finishing no higher than seventh. Even worse and more startling, she failed to finish three races.

At a time when she’d prefer to be peaking on the mountain, Shiffrin, 22, instead invited

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